Considered THE archetypal sensationalized anti-drug movie, but it's really an exploitation film made to capitalize on the hot taboo subject of marijuana use. Like many exploitation films of the time, "Reefer Madness" tried to make a quick buck off of a forbidden subject while skirting the Motion Picture Production Code of 1930. The Code forbade the portrayal of immoral acts like drug use. (The illegal drug traffic must not be portrayed in such a way as to stimulate curiosity concerning the use of, or traffic in, such drugs; nor shall scenes be approved which show the use of illegal drugs, or their effects, in detail.)
The film toured around the country for many years - often being re-edited and re-titled ("Tell Your Children", "Dope Addict", "Doped Youth", "Love Madness", "The Burning Question"). It was re-discovered in the early 1970s by NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) and screened again as an example of the government's demonization of marijuana. NORML may have been confused about the film's sponsorship since one of the film's distributors, Dwain Esper, testified to the Arizona Supreme Court that "Reefer Madness" was not a trashy exploitation film but was actually sponsored by the U.S. Government - a convincing lie, but a lie nonetheless.
That being said, the film is still quick enjoyable since it dramatizes the "violent narcotic's ... soul destroying" effects on unwary teens, and their hedonistic exploits enroute to the bottom.
You can find more information regarding this film on its IMDb page.
Also, if you are interested in the rich, uniquely American history of exploitation films, there are two excellent books on the subject:
"Forbidden Fruit - The Golden Age of the Exploitation Film", Felicia Feaster and Bret Wood, Midnight Marquee Press, 1999.
"Bold! Daring! Shocking! True! A History of Exploitation Films, 1919 - 1959" Eric Schaefer, Duke University Press, 1999.
and more garbage. Weaklings escape reality with drugs. To the comment below... God is the best choice for getting through life when there are problems in life, not drugs.
May 10, 2013 Subject:
Never Question Authority?
This flic, unlike any other, shows just how far alleged "AUTHORITY" will go to convince the unsophisticated, or ignorant to further lies designed to curb specific behavior. Just as with religion, and all so-called "beliefs" there is no fact or truth in the movie. This kind of nonsense is designed to CONTROL THE MASSES, albeit with lies. Belief in a supernatural, all-seeing "god" is exactly the same crap. "I don't like it, so you can't do it either." MY motto since being hit by Catholic Nuns when I asked questions they couldn't answer? "ALWAYS QUESTION AUTHORITY" Police departments are no better than well-dressed, heavily-armed street gangs. US military has murdered more than one-million innocent Moslems simply because they were "in the way." Catholic priests are screwing little boys. Looks like the only real heroes left are Fire Fighters. This movie, once again, shows just how far "off-base" so-called authority is in the US.
OMG Reefer Madness ahhhhh run for ur lives , ahhhh its destroying the world ...ahhhhh lmao
March 14, 2013 Subject:
The piano players hair style only would have scared me off the stuff!
October 29, 2012 Subject:
I believed every word of it!
All I need now is my bong and a weapon. Has anyone seen my family? I want to axe them something.
October 28, 2012 Subject:
Been wanting to see this for years and in a way i wasn't disappointed.This completely and totally unresearched pile of propaganda had some great laughs from the manic pianist to the unreal special effects of the horrific car accident.These groovy and hip cats really know how to jive talk.Man they must have had powerful shit in the 30's.Very entertaining and ridiculously funny.
May 19, 2012 Subject:
'Women Cry For It - Men Die For It!'
Just as much fun to watch stoned or straight.
Over the top and off the cliff, exploitation at it's finest!
Bureau Official: Here is an example: A 15 year old lad apprehended in the act of staging a holdup - 15 years old and a marijuana addict. Here is a most tragic case.
Dr.Carroll: Yes, I remember. Just a young boy... under the influence of drugs... who killed his entire family with an axe.
July 6, 2011 Subject:
All's well that ends well
I'll bet that Mr. Spock would probably say that this movie is: "Illogical... but Fascinating!"... My favorites were: The nutty piano player with his hair parted down the middle that always tokes up in the closet, and the insane looking guy that was condemned to a life sentence in a state mental hospital, and the girl that dances like Elaine Bennis from Seinfeld.
June 5, 2011 Subject:
I don't get it
From what little I know about drug deals and drug dealers these guys were doing it wrong. They just handed out the joints and never seemed to get paid. What kind of a business model is that?!? Jack scores from the big boss and no money changes hands. Apparently this Drug Cartel was based on the "honour system"... no wonder they were so scared of it... yeah... what?
This is almost as trippy as "Drugs are like that"
Reviewer:bcor pd -
December 18, 2010 Subject:
From a high school student's POV...
It's a fun flick and a classic one. Good to watch with friends, but not a good one to watch alone. To riff the movie is the most fun. If you like this movie, try Maniac, which is also fun.
On a side note, to the person who uploaded this, I was wondering if there was a higher quality upload then the ones that are here. If you could email me and tell me that would be great.
Writing to you with request for help in our Rooftop Cinema project.
We plan to screen cult classic Reefer Madness in July 2010 in the summer outdoor cinema in Tallinn, Estonia.
As we have w20m x h13m outdoor cinema screen and 15000 ANSI digital Christies projector we would need maximum quality from the screened film´s digital file. The current mpeg2 might remain little lo-fi for our purposes.
We would like to request from the uploader of this movie to Internet Archive if it would be possible to provide us with UNCOMPRESSED AVI or QUICKTIME FILES as high quality video as possible?
If you would be able to share the file, please contact me directly: aivar [at] katusekino.ee or skype aivarlaan
Looking for any feedback as soon as possible,
Thank you very much in advance,
Program Director | Partner
February 22, 2010 Subject:
....To Watch This Film...A Coffee Table (In Front Of You)..A Bong With Wine & Ice In It.(Sangria A Flashback..!).Scooter Pies Or Mallo Bars..Assuming You've Already Downloaded Reefer & Sex Madness And Burned To DVD...You Will Need A Woman Nearby..Preferably Stoned As Well As A Fluffer For The Second Epic..Im Still Tokin'....They Still Strokin'..2 Stars For The Films..!..5 Stars For The Action Here..!..PEACE..!
January 19, 2010 Subject:
I Can't Believe
I can't believe this country as politically correct as the government tries to be in each and every single area...I can't believe they have not overturned or thrown out each and every drug law in the country. The basis or thesis statement of ALL the drug laws I have seen were based on racial descrimination and civil rights abuse of a protected group. The marijuana laws particullarly in the southwest were brought about so the government could deport Hispanic groups back to Mexico during hard economic times. The coke laws were founded because Hearst was going around the country saying black men raped white women when they snorted coke.
The government has a nack for turning a deaf ear and a blind eye toward issues they don't want to see or hear. This is a prime example.
Reviewer:Avery Scabbed -
October 19, 2009 Subject:
Come on people
Legalize the freaking stuff
July 17, 2009 Subject:
7 minutes into The Movie..... "[The speaker is talking about opium and Heroin] ... Even More deadly and soul-destroying is the menace.... MARIJUANA!!! I laughed at this because EVERYONE knows(or should know) that you CAN be killed by Opium and Heroin!
December 1, 2008 Subject:
Critical Thinking Skills
It seems to me that critical thinking skills have been tossed out the window on this one. Of course, when you're writing a propaganda piece like this, I'm sure making sense isn't the most important thing on your agenda.
Thank goodness that the truth has come out about cannabis, and Anslinger has been shot down many times. Sadly, the propaganda pieces are still out there, and folks continue to believe it.
Reefer Madness -- 0 stars.
November 30, 2008 Subject:
i know a lot of haters are going to to yell at me but i think this needs to be said.
this film is hilarious when smoking marijuana.
so lol at this and all haters
January 18, 2008 Subject:
Killer Smoke .....
..... really good shit, man. Really good !
December 31, 2006 Subject:
Think your 'Ard do ya?!?!
Anyone wanting a fight can meet me at the Mace Off licence in the High Street Forres on Friday nights from eight til late
Bring your own ice
June 28, 2006 Subject:
I wonder if this did any good back then??
June 20, 2006 Subject:
funny and stupid flick. I'm sold on the acting. So silly, its like watching a cartoon. Great as an exploitation movie as well as a b movie.
April 12, 2006 Subject:
hilarious, but sadly it served its purpose
Though people who understand how truly benign pot is can laugh at this film, the sad fact is that a large number of Americans still BELIEVE this stuff.
The anti-pot campaign was perpetuated in large part by William Randolph Hearst, who used "the scourge of marijuana" as an excuse to implement social reforms aimed at marginalizing blacks and hispanics, who were perceived as being pot's primary dealers.
The fact that America still spends millions making anti-pot tv commercials and fighting "the war on drugs" just goes to show how successful the thugs like Hearst really were.
Oh, well. If you're one of us who know better, light up and have a laugh at this classic.
March 14, 2006 Subject:
December 8, 2005 Subject:
I must commend leftwingfilms on his scathing indictment; it was clearly well researched, astutely observed, and impeccably worded. It almost makes me wish I were a pot user.
Reviewer:left wing films -
December 3, 2005 Subject:
see the lies sponsored by the U.S. Government
with so rich reviews I only have to point out the sadness of a country that bases his education in a bunch of cheap yet offensive lies
Welcome to the US way of rule
Lets scare them and lets hope we get away with it
I think it is rather interesting for everyone to see it and complain about the way the US does his politics and education based in so sad examples like this that seem harmless have serious consequences in the life of millions
November 25, 2005 Subject:
I've just downloaded the mpg2 of Refeer Madness and it came only with image, no sound. Is that right??
November 7, 2005 Subject:
Fairly mindblowing (excuse the expression!!) expose about the EVIL SCOURGE that is marihuana! Bill is a clean cut kid, with a nice family and girlfriend and what not, but after he hangs around with the wrong crowd and smoking the devilÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¡ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¯s weed, why heÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¡ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¯s a menace 2 society!! Pretty sson heÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¡ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¯s at every doperÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¡ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¯s party causing all kinds of bedlam, unknowingly bringing his kid sister into the world as well!
All of this of course, id played absolutely seriously, and this doubles the laughs on this one. The fact that marihuana is played up to be even more dangerous then Opium is rather curious, and the fact that it can make you laugh deliriously and giggle to no end is another thing I didnÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¡ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¯t know. Also, apropos of nothing, beware of courts located high in office buildings that have convenient open windows.
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February 14, 2005 Subject:
A Great Comedy!
Sometimes, propaganda is so blatant, and so obvious, that it is impossible to take serious. Take the 1938 movie "Reefer Madness", for example.
A title that perfectly suits the movie, but not in the way it was perceived when this piece of propaganda was released.
A "reefer" is a spliff, or a joint. A "marihuana cigarette". And this movie is all about the dread marihuana, as they call it in the movie. And there's just too much madness in the movie.
Smoking weed is presented as the reason for a 16 year old boy to kill his entire family, for example. During the entire movie you're being presented to an extreme version of all the prejudice there is against marihuana.
Reefer Madness is a movie with players and a script. It's not a documentary. And that makes it an invaluable piece of comedy, even though it is never intended as such. But aren't these things the most funny, in some way?
The story is located in a little town. You're being introduced to a group of friends. They're being tempted into marijuana use.
As soon as they smoke a little bit, they completely change. One -ofcourse under the influence of marijuana- causes a car accident. You'll even witness a sexual assault caused by a few draws from the reefer. And murder.
A young man smokes a joint, and then loses all self-control which makes him rape the girl. the girl resists and the boy shoots her dead. Or didn't he? In court, he's found guilty and death sentence is put on him.
In another scene, the police enters the house of someone who is under the influence of marijuana and as a result kills the policeman. All the while, his girlfriend laughs her brains out...
This unintentional comedy shows the reefer madness. The people who believe that this great comedy really isn't a comedy at all. They would perfectly agree with this scene, where a judge sentences someone to a "house of the criminally insane" for the rest of his life on the basis of marijuana use.
And that's the true reefer madness.
However, there are some really great scenes, some great acting, and the story-line has some nice angles.
Reviewer:Rob in NJ -
August 23, 2004 Subject:
This movie, long-noted for it's camp value and unintentional humor was a chore to watch. I had seen ads for "Reefer Madness" and "Hemp for Victory" in magazines like High Times and Relix for years. I always wondered about "Reefer Madness" because it looked so crazy and misinformed. Well, my wait was over- I downloaded the film.
It is watchable, but besides the scenes of the people smoking pot and dancing etc. it just wasn't that interesting. Here's my summary (as much as I could watch of it):
Creepy adult pushers have people to their apartment for pot parties. Creepy guy pusher likes young girl. Other creepy guy pusher gets "kids" (who look 30) to the apartment and casually slip them "reefers". Boy gets high and takes creepy guy to big pot dealer's place. Hits old man walking in street killing him. Good boy goes bad. Good girl follows him, winds up shot. Everybody gets busted. The End.
And that's about as interesting as it gets. All-in-all this movie wasn't very good, but it is funny how they downplay Heroin, cocaine, or any other drug and make pot out as "Public Enemy #1"
As a movie it's 1 star, as disinformation: 4 stars.
Reviewer:Christine Hennig -
August 3, 2004 Subject:
I Thought There Was Something Funny About Those Cigarettes
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ****.
May 8, 2004 Subject:
classic unintended parody
This is the classic unintended parody of America's self-engendered fear of the nation's most valuable cash crop, which according to the film itself "grows wild in almost every State" in the United States.
This print is a little bit deteriorated, and many scenes are so dark they can't be seen as clearly as when I saw this 30 years ago in school. The sound is still as good as it was, though, and no sync problems that I noticed.
Still, the picture is still good enough to read the following headlines when they show the Herald Tribune newspaper's EXTRA edition (about 2/3 through the film) with the lead story "Harper Verdict Expected Tonight"...
among the smaller print headlines you will see typical generic headlines such as:
"Mayor Announces New Project Of Administration"
as well as the cryptically prophetic:
"Nation Alerted Against Trend To Machinery"
the contemporarily appropriate:
"3000 Additional Japanese Troops Arrive In China"
and, blazoned boldly in the center, the bafflingly comedic:
"Dick Tracy, G-Man, In Sensational Raid"
all of which seem to somehow subliminally combine to produce a blurring between reality and this "fictionized" (that's how the film describes it) tale of drug abuse gone too far.
There are over a DOZEN 'reefers' or 'marihuana cigarettes' consumed in this movie, not for the faint of heart.
Download the largest file you can stand to wait for, if you're going to be projecting this onto the side of your school bus at Burning Man.
February 14, 2004 Subject:
the director louis gasnier was a movie pioneer. He also directed the Perils of Pauline serial in 1913 starring Peal White. Perhaps this is an indication that Reefer Madness is not be taken too seriously
February 14, 2004 Subject:
This movie is a great link to the past. I highly recomend it as a history lesson into the way drug use and culture has been exaggerated in the past.
Screenplay: Arthur Hoerl
Original Story: Lawrence Meade
Additional Dialouge: Paul Franklin
Dorothy Short: Mary
Kenneth Craig: Bill
Lillian Miles: Blanche
Dave O'Brien: Ralph
Thelma White: Mae
Carleton Young: Jack
Warren McCollum: Jimmy
Pat Royale: Agnes
Joseph Forte: Dr. Carroll
Harry Harvey Jr.: Junior